iiiWeatherford, Vergil C. (M.S., Building Systems)
Veriﬁcation of a Thermal Model for AﬀordableSolar-Assisted Biogas Digesters in Cold Climates
Project directed by Prof. Z. John ZhaiEnergy sources are scarce in the high mountains of the developing world. Solar-assistedbiogas digesters have recently been adapted to this climate providing an alternative cooking fuelfor some farmers, but little is known about the thermal performance of these digesters. Internalslurry temperature is one of the important design factors in biodigesters. In this work, an existing 1-Dimensional thermal computer simulation model is adapted to a particular experimental biodigesterin Cusco, Per´u and is shown to predict thermal performance reasonably well. A set of designrecommendations for small-scale, cold-climate digesters is presented based on parametric runs of the model considering multiple design parameters.